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Baliw, Baguio artists call for social change

Baliw is a wordplay on two meanings in Filipino and Ilokano. Baliw in Ilokano means change while it means crazy in Filipino. A month-long art exhibit that features emerging non-traditional art forms that looks into pressing political realities at Villa Romana, an inn along Ambuclao Road.

Rather than 9-year old kids, jail corrupt officials and rights violators

As the House of Representatives Committee on Justice approved the draft of the proposed legislation to lower the age for criminal liability Monday, Jan. 21, more groups advocating children and youth welfare in Northern Luzon expressed condemnation and calls on the government to pursue cases and jail corrupt officials and violators of human rights instead.

Amended terrorist petition against CPP-NPA a “legal fiction” – NDFP

The chief negotiator of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) today, Jan. 18 called the amended petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippine and the New People’s Army as terrorist organizations as “a piece of legal fiction with dire consequences for the people.”

Teachers protest against PNP profiling, threats

Members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers protest against the government’s harassment of its members and efforts to vilify the organization on January 11. The PNP Intelligence Directorate ordered the profiling of ACT members in different schools in the country. Its secretary general and regional coordinator for Central Luzon also received death threats on January 11 and 12, respectively. ACT leaders across the country were in Bagui City on Juanuary 11-13 for its 5th National Leadership Training.

DOJ amended proscription sans names of activists, remains a threat

Groups whose leaders and members were named in the original proscription petition filed by the Department of Justice to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations said the mere existence of the document remains a threat to activists and government critics in the country.